28th April 2010
3,000 expected at Kidderminster Pride 6
3:32 PM — Kiddersminster is to hold its second Pride event this weekend with an expected 3,000 visitors. Last year, the town attracted 1,000 people to an event at a pub and organisers say people had to be turned away.
Alexander McQueen took drug cocktail before killing himself 5
1:31 PM — The fashion designer Alexander McQueen took a cocktail of drugs including cocaine before hanging himself, an inquest was told today.
Doctor Who star Matt Smith to play gay writer 2
12:05 PM — The latest Doctor Who actor Matt Smith is to play gay writer Christopher Isherwood in a drama about the writer's life.
EastEnders star John Partridge to wed long-term boyfriend 23
11:40 AM — Gay EastEnders star John Partridge has revealed he plans to tie the knot with his boyfriend Jon Tsouras. Partridge, who plays gay character Christian Clarke in the soap, said the pair had decided to take the next step in their relationship.
David Cameron says he sacked homophobic candidate ‘within minutes’ 119
11:20 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron said he took the decision to sack a homophobic Scottish candidate "within minutes" of finding out about his views after PinkNews.co.uk informed the Conservative Party of the offensive views on the candidate's website.
27th April 2010
Exclusive: Quiz Green Party leader Caroline Lucas
11:07 PM — As part of our election coverage, we're offering our readers the chance to put questions to Green Party leader Caroline Lucas on her party's gay-friendly credentials.
Peter Tatchell encourages Green voters to support Lib Dems in some seats 33
5:27 PM — Former Green Party candidate and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has called for Green supporters to vote for the Liberal Democrats.
Comment: Labour is shunning gay Iraqis, asylum seekers 13
4:20 PM — As he launched Labour's international LGBT manifesto last Wednesday, foreign secretary David Miliband made one howler, echoed by another in the manifesto's text. He said: "Under Labour the UK will continue to be a beacon of hope for LGBT people."
Updated: Tory candidate suspended for saying gays were ‘not normal’ 60
3:38 PM — A Scottish Conservative Party candidate has been suspended from his party for saying that homosexuality is "not normal". As PinkNews.co.uk exclusively reported this morning, Philip Lardner, the candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, stated in a section on his campaign website that he would support parents and teachers who do not want children to be taught about gay equality.
Exclusive: Scottish Tory candidate says homosexuality is ‘not normal’ 34
2:19 PM — A Scottish Conservative Party candidate's website says he believes that homosexuality is "not normal" and that Section 28 was correct. Philip Lardner, the candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, said he would support parents and teachers who do not want children to be taught about gay equality.
Graham Norton the favourite to take over Jonathan Ross’ Radio 2 slot 8
1:57 PM — Gay television presenter Graham Norton has been tipped as the favourite to take over Jonathan Ross' BBC Radio 2 slot when Ross leaves this summer.
UK ‘breaching UN rules’ on returning gay asylum seekers 32
11:43 AM — An Amnesty International report claims that the UK and several other European countries are breaching United Nations rules on returning vulnerable Iraqi asylum seekers.
26th April 2010
Your chance to quiz first minister of Scotland & SNP leader Alex Salmond on gay equality
5:13 PM — We've already offered our readers the chance to put their questions to the three main party leaders and now we're giving the chance to question the smaller parties about their commitment to gay rights. First up will be the Scottish National Party, whose leader Alex Salmond has agreed to answer PinkNews.co.uk readers.
Church of Scotland could ban ministers who have sex outside marriage 19
12:06 PM — The Church of Scotland could consider banning ministers who have sex outside of a marriage as a way to deal with the issue of gay ministers.
Pope will still visit Britain after leak of ‘appalling’ Foreign Office memo 53
10:33 AM — The Vatican has said that Pope Benedict XVI will still visit Britain this September despite the leak of a Foreign Office document which appeared to mock Catholic beliefs.
25th April 2010
Exclusive: Popularity of Conservatives among gay voters drops by 30% in 11 months while Lib Dems soar 91
11:42 PM — Support for the Conservatives among the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community falls from 39% in June 2009 to just 9% today. 58% of the LGBT people say they intend to vote Liberal Democrat next week. 21% Labour, 8% for the Green Party.
Foreign Office apologises for proposing Pope be given ‘Benedict’ condoms, conduct gay marriage & open abortion ward 45
3:40 PM — The Foreign Office has apologised for a leaked document that suggested that Pope Benedict XVI be invited to bless a gay marriage, open up a hospital abortion ward and be presented with his own "Benedict" brand of condoms while on his controversial tour of the UK this September.
23rd April 2010
Take part in the next PinkNews.co.uk political poll
11:44 PM — With less than two weeks to go before the general election, PinkNews.co.uk is conducting the latest in its series of political polls. Have the Leaders' Debate made you change your mind? How closely have you read the LGBT manifestos of the main political parties? Is it LGBT rights or the economy that drives you to select a particular political party?
Gordon Brown defends his record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights 45
10:58 PM — Gordon Brown has defended Labour's record on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights in a question and answer session with a student website. In particular he mentions that he challenged the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni over proposed homophobic legislation and questions David Cameron's commitments to gay rights.
Gay couples ‘should be aware of tax planning’ 2
5:39 PM — Following the latest Budget speech, UK individuals now face tax charges on their income up to a maximum of 50 per cent. It has therefore never been so important for couples in a civil partnership to review their position.